Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world(…)
You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine millions of digitized resources of knowledge from Europe’s archives, museums, libraries, audiovisual collections shared in a single website.
Imagine you can search in that site by keyword and refine your search by time, subject, name, place or type of resource like video, sound, text or image. Imagine you can browse by where, when or who&what. Imagine you can tag things and shared them with communities. Imagine you can save your search.
Imagine this and more. Well, you can stop imagine this now: it is called Europeana – Connecting Cultural Heritage and will launch in November 2008.
For now you can see a prototype here. Can’t wait for the real thing! 😀
From the press release:
The purpose of the video is to encourage European institutions to make their digital content available to Europeana. As Martine de Boisdeffre, Présidente of the European Regional Branch of International Council on Archives said, ‘Users expect to be able to connect the different types of cultural heritage material. To make this possible, organisations need to provide their metadata to Europeana. So many excellent digital resources lie below the surface of the web at present, and aren’t easily located by search engines. Europeana will make this material accessible as never before’.